‘Our thoughts are with the victims’: The Bachelorette New Zealand cuts scenes filmed on Whakaari Island after 18 people died in the volcano disaster
- The volcano on Whakaari / White Island, located 29 miles off New Zealand’s North Island, erupted at 2.11pm local time on December 9
- Eighteen people were killed, including 12 Australians, and more than 25 injured
- The Bachelorette NZ has cut scenes filmed at the tourist destination before the disaster out of respect for the victims and their families
A powerful eruption on New Zealand’s White Island, also known as Whakaari, in December killed 18 people, with two bodies still missing.
And in a show of respect to the victims and their families, The Bachelorette NZ has chosen to cut scenes filmed at the tourist destination last year.
A TVNZ spokesperson told Stuff.co.nz: ‘It would be inappropriate and insensitive to broadcast this footage and our thoughts are with the victims and all those affected by the eruption.’
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Edited: The Bachelorette NZ has chosen to cut scenes filmed on Whakaari / White Island last year out of respect for those who died in the volcanic eruption on December 9
New Zealand’s Bachelorette, Dr. Lesina Nakhid-Schuster, had filmed a date with one of her contestants on the island before the disaster.
The TVNZ spokesperson said that only a small crew was required to film the segment between Lesina and her mystery suitor.
‘This location was one of eight filmed at during the shoot day. A robust health and safety process was followed – as with any production filming on the island,’ they said.
‘It would be inappropriate and insensitive to broadcast this footage’: A TVNZ spokesperson said that a date scene, which had been filmed on the island last year, had been removed. Pictured: White Island’s volcano during the eruption
Some 47 people, including 24 Australian citizens and four permanent residents, were on the island when the volcano erupted at 2.11pm on December 9.
Although 20 are now dead, the official death toll stands at 18 because the bodies of Sydney teenager Winona Langford and New Zealand tour guide Hayden Marshall-Inman have not been found.
Their bodies were washed out to sea after the eruption and have yet to be retrieved despite searches by police divers.
Dr. Lesina Nakhid-Schuster was announced as New Zealand’s first Bachelorette earlier this month.
The doctor and occasional actress recently said she has ‘high expectations’ of her future partner on the show.
Born in the U.S., Dr. Nakhid-Schuster moved to New Zealand when she was a child but has been working in Australia for the past year.
The Bachelorette NZ premieres Monday, January 27 at 7:30pm on TVNZ 2
Coming soon: The Bachelorette NZ premieres Monday, January 27 at 7:30pm on TVNZ 2